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Victory! ‘Animal Practice’ Canceled

Written by Michelle Kretzer | October 18, 2012

Animal advocates, it’s time to break out the bubbly. After pressure from PETA and tens of thousands of our members and supporters, NBC has pulled the plug on its cruel show, Animal Practice. Here’s the celebration in progress at PETA’s Bob Barker Building in L.A.:

The only thing funny about this “sitcom” was its laughable ratings. By not tuning in, viewers told NBC that they weren’t interested in watching animals dressed up and made to perform cheap tricks—animals who had been torn away from their mothers as babies and subjected to cruel training methods and unnatural living conditions.

Even before the first episode aired, PETA showed NBC that if the network wanted to broadcast cruelty, it was going to have a rocky road ahead of it. We wrote to NBC and the show’s producers and explained how wild animals suffer in the entertainment industry. We kept the heat on by asking advertisers to pull their support, organizing demonstrations, sending an urgent action alert to our members and supporters, and enlisting primate experts to speak out about how the portrayal of monkeys as “pets” leads irresponsible people to acquire them on a whim. And it worked.

NBC will air the three remaining episodes of Animal Practice that have already been filmed. Then viewers can rest assured that cruelty to animals won’t be part of the Wednesday night TV lineup.


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  • Maggie says:

    Animals have been used on tv shows and movies for decades now. What makes this show so different from the rest? Movies like the Artist, or shows like Wishbone and Lassie have had animals in them. There is no proof that the monkey on the show or the other animals on the show were harmed or mistreated, as far as I know. And I think the show was almost educational as many people learned something about animals maybe they didn’t even know about. (I even learned something about animals, watching the show). I love animals, as I have two pet turtles, 2 dogs, and a bird. And I am all for respecting them, appreciating them, and giving them proper care, and love. But why not do something about more important issues that are out there in the world concerning animals, instead of focusing on a show that put a lab coat on a monkey? I really love PETA, and I am not “hating” or anything, but having a celebration over this sort of thing was somewhat disappointing.

  • Holly says:

    There is nothing I love more in the world (besides my family) than animals and have supported PETA and other similar groups in the past because of my deep feelings for animals and I have to say it saddens me to see the show go. I think animals are important in all aspects of our lives because they can be so healing and uplifting as “Animal Practice” was. A lot of people can’t have animals in their lives for whatever reasons and shows like this is a way for them to get a little animal healing and happiness. If it’s regulations you are concerned with then let’s make sure that they are living under good regulations instead of taking the love and beauty of animals away from us. I’m sorry PETA, I’m usually on your side but I think you went too far. Instead of trying to fix the problem (like going to the true sorce of a headache) you just did a quickly “fix”. Taking animals out of entertainment would break the hearts of so many so let’s just take good care of them instead of tearing them awat from us.

  • Wasabih says:

    Thank you PETA!!!!

  • Veronica says:

    I am so happy that animal practice canceled their show!!!! Thank goodness for people who love animals and spoke up. GO vegan

  • Pat Kittle says:

    Thanks, PETA! BTW, how about encouraging humans to get sterilized too? What’s good for the goose is good for the guys & gals.

  • Eileen ONeill says:

    Phew, this is fantastic news! I’m jumping for joy! Thank you PETA staff and animals lovers for putting the pressure on the network and giving them a big Hell No!

  • deckie says:

    Hope the horse on 2 Broke Girls is not in the category of “animal actor”??? does anyone have any info on that show?

  • Elena says:

    Thank you very much PETA for everything you are doing!!!!!!

  • Ganesh says:

    Thank you PETA… Cheerzzzzzzzzzz

  • Goldie Kaszub says:

    I never watched that program, and I am glad to hear that it will no longer by on the air. However, I think PETA should take legal action against the film makers, fine them heavily and make them do jail time for a few years so that hopefully it will deter others from thinking of doing the same thing.

  • Daved Waxman says:

    This is about understanding and taking action on animal species nature and what is the right decision. Changing of hearts to changed minds is what really matters. Perhaps this will be the moral compass of change for those who exploit animals. Meanwhile the voices for the voiceless are loud and clear when in numbers.

  • Eileen says:

    Great news, Congratulations PETA

  • Isolde Montoya- Laske says:

    Thanks to PETA and it’s extraordinary work that achieve succesful victories for all our beloved animals througout the world. thanks so much PETA!

  • Inés says:

    I speak Spanish, but I can send you a great THANK YOU for you.

  • ng sin hoe says:

    Please stop all these shows that involved treating animals cruelly, we will not patronize such programs which feed off the blood of animals. Thank you

  • boyd hore says:

    Good work PETA , once again at the fore front of animal protection . GREAT ORGANISATION

  • Regina says:

    Parabéns PETA, por mais essa vitória em prol dos animais! Muito obrigada por vcs existirem e nos dar oportunidades de ajudar a defender os animais. O ser humano precisa aprender a respeitar todas as formas de vida, melhor ainda se vier a amá-las. Mais uma vez, parabéns PETA!!!

  • Sugar says:

    Thank GOD!!!!! This is great news!!!

  • Shania says:

    YAYYY! Such great news…. The moment I saw the commercials I knew the show wasn’t going to last. The day where ALL animals will become free, will soon come! Thank you PETA for your continuous efforts and hard work all for the love of every animal.

  • heather simmer says:

    WAY TO GO! I was sickened when they put that on the air and just send messages to everyone that it is being pulled and how I thought that would happen from the get go…

  • Katlyn says:

    I am beyond happy to hear this kind of news! I love what your organization is doing!

  • Sofia says:

    Yay!!! Saved many of those animals lives!! Speak for the animals <3

  • Marina says:

    Thank you and congratulations not only on this victory but for all the other victories, as well. It’s easy to feel defeated, as though animal rights is not making progress, but this is one more proof that it’s not so. PETA is in it for the long haul, and so are PETA’s supporters.

  • Ronak says:

    I’m 11 and I love what you are doing. I’m doing a fundraiser called bucks4bucks and I love animals a lot. I have a website at Hooray Animal practice is finished Thanks PETA!!!

  • Anne Feingold says:

    I woke up this am and heard the news of this show being canceled on CNN and it made me so happy to hear such GOOD NEWS first thing in the morning. Thank you PETA, for making this happen!

  • CK1 says:

    Congratulation on speaking up for all animals. I am proud to be a member of such a wonderful group. PETA Rocks!

  • Marin says:

    Hurray! Thank you so much PETA for all your hard work!